Oman: Waterfront project contracts awarded
Contracts for Phase 1 development have been awarded; key appointments include Blizzard Brothers, HD23, and Firms Foster and Partners, and Hoehler and Al Salmy
Phase 1 of the Mina Al Sultan Qaboos Waterfront project was launched at an official ceremony in Muscat.
Dr. Ali bin Masoud Al Sunaidy, Minister of Commerce and Industry and chairman of Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran), said: “Our vision for the Mina Al Sultan Qaboos Waterfront is to create a world-class waterfront development of outstanding beauty and interest that celebrates the maritime history of Muscat.”
Phase 1 of the Mina Al Sultan Qaboos Waterfront is projected to be completed by 2020, spanning a 64ha area.
At the ceremony, a number of commercial agreements were signed including Blizzard Brothers who have been appointed to manage the first construction activity of Souq Al Mina.
The Souq Al Mina will be a core public aspect of the development, which will become home for over 80 local SMEs, shops, restaurants and cafes and is scheduled for completion in the second quarter of 2017.
Omran also announced it has appointed Omani company HD23, a joint venture with Nadia Al Lawati, architect and owner of 23 Degrees North, and Harper Downie, as lead consultants and master planners.
The 50/50 joint venture will ensure that 100% of the project design is completed in Oman, led by Omani architect Nadia Al Lawati.
Firms Foster and Partners, and Hoehler and Al Salmy have been appointed as architectural consultants to the development. Foster and Partners is an international studio for architecture, planning, engineering and design.
Omran also announced that an agreement has been reached with the first investor for the Mina Al Sultan Qaboos Waterfront project. The investor will be developing a four-star hotel in proximity to the Muttrah fish market.
During the ceremony, Omran also signed and MoU with Omantel for the delivery of smart city solutions for the project.
The Mina Al Sultan Qaboos Waterfront will include business and residential zones, destination mall, six hotels (including three-, four- and five-star), recreation amenities, tourist attractions, as well as docking facilities for cruise liners and yachts.
James Wilson, CEO of Omran said: “Constructing this project is a challenging proposition but the success of that endeavour rests on how the project is established from the outset.
“Much of the architectural design will be concerned with providing low energy sustainable solutions that draw inspiration from the rich architectural and cultural traditions of the Sultanate of Oman. The development will absolutely respect and compliment Oman’s rich historical context.”